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glycerin rectal (fleet babylax, fleet glycerine)

available over the counter: yes

uses: to treat constipation

mechanism of action: draws water into the intestine, softening stools and inducing the urge to defecate

side effects
• common:
abdominal cramping
• less common: rectal pain, itching, burning
• serious: none

concerns: chronic use may lead to laxative dependence

 

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